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Cannon's Jug Stompers-Viola Lee Blues


Published September 20, 1928


Recorded on September 20, 1928 presumably in Memphis. The lineup is the same as on "Minglewood Blues," only Noah Lewis sings. The line "ain't got a jail sentence, you must be Nashville bound," refers to the common practice in the South at that time of sometimes not sentencing black men who were arrested for certain crimes. Rather, they would often be sent to places where they had to work very hard, which was often worse than a jail sentence.


1 - Viola Lee Blues
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
Source 78RPM>CD>MP3
Run time 3:12

Reviews

Reviewer: randomandrare - - August 14, 2011
Subject: Excellent
One of the greatest recordings from the 20th Century in my book.
Reviewer: lostmoon - - June 30, 2010
Subject: Amazing
I agree with the previous reviewer. Americana at its finest. I had been looking for mid to late 60's renderings of this song by the Grateful Dead - and there are many good covers out there, but this copy takes it to another level altogether.
Reviewer: micah6vs8 - - June 29, 2010
Subject: Simply Amazing
To have this , to have it in this condition , to have it be part of the canon of Americana
Reviewer: bobbyblues1950 - - June 17, 2009
Subject: cannons jug stompers-viola lee blues
just brilliant stuff .....
I`m in glasgow, scotland...
this music is as good as our whiskey....
got to look into this music just luv it..
bobbyblues1950.
Reviewer: taper phil - - May 29, 2009
Subject: Real Blues
not many recordings survived "the great depression"
Records for their non-renewable heat source (paper and plastic) became a rare commodity fast in the colder states. It is great that this and many other recordings survive. They are a testament to our heritage as Americans. Music is what defines us as a civilization.
Reviewer: sav rekons - - May 28, 2009
Subject: good
good jug band blues

sav rekons 4 to 4.25 stars
Reviewer: gankmore - - August 9, 2004
Subject: A great tune
And I'm not the only one who thought so.
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